Robert Pollok

Scottish poet

Robert Pollok (c. 179815 September 1827) was a Scottish poet best known for The Course of Time, published the year of his death.



The Course of Time (published 1827)

  • Sorrows remembered sweeten present joy.
    • Book i, line 464.
  • Most wondrous book! bright candle of the Lord!
    Star of Eternity! The only star
    By which the bark of man could navigate
    The sea of life and gain the coast of bliss
    • Book ii, line 270.
  • He touched his harp, and nations heard, entranced,
    As some vast river of unfailing source,
    Rapid, exhaustless, deep, his numbers flowed
    And opened new fountains in the human heart.
    • Book iv, line 684.
  • He laid his hand upon "the Ocean's mane,"
    And played familiar with his hoary locks.
    • Book iv, line 689. Compare: "And I have loved thee, Ocean! … And laid my hand upon thy mane,—as I do here", Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812-1818), Canto IV, st. 184.
  • 'T was Slander filled her mouth with lying words,
    Slander, the foulest whelp of Sin.
    • Book iv, line 725.
  • And now her eyes grew bright, and brighter still,
    Too bright for ours to look upon, suffused
    With many tears, and closed without a cloud.
    They set as sets the morning star, which goes
    Not down behind the darkened west, nor hides
    Obscured among the tempests of the sky,
    But melts away into the light of heaven.
    • Book v, line 722.
  • He was a man
    Who stole the livery of the court of Heaven
    To serve the Devil in.
    • Book viii, line 616.
  • With one hand he put
    A penny in the urn of poverty,
    And with the other took a shilling out.
    • Book viii, line 632.
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